And what you are saying is, "get the fuck out of here, wanker"
And you would be right to do so. But considering the perfected misdirection by Marvel-Disney in both #Thor #Ragnarok and #Avengers #InfinityWar to cover up plot twists (and my hat is off to them, they have done cover-ups better than the CIA lately, maybe they should run the CIA, they are infinitely - get it, get it? - better at it than the lads working there right now), hear me out for a few moments, because there are a few things that I noticed on the third watching of the big Marvel Cinematic Universe season finale that bugged me.
Not in a bad way, mind you.
IT IS NOT LIFE THAT SCARS YOU, IT'S WOLVERINE
One of the things that bugged me in the scene of Thanos with Gamora is not so much that he [redacted], that makes sense and is a great emotional sequence for a character that elevates him from a cartoon villain to a guy you ... maybe not like, but you can understand where he is coming from.
Still, there is this one line, though
"I ignored my destiny once," Thanos tells Gamora.
Now, when was that, exactly? Because she sure as hell doesn't recognize what he is talking about, and in the theaters, the audience wouldn't know what he was talking about, either, because in the established time line of the MCU Thanos never was seen or even talked about as a guy who had the Infinity Stones or even was close to them, all through Gamora's life (which is 20 years give or take, as he tells her), he has been killing off planet by planet, population by population, by hand, so to speak
This actually works together with the line Thanos uses with Tony Stark on Titan after [redacted], when he reveals that he knows Tony Stark (of course, one could say that this harkens back to the ending of the first Avengers movie, only that I doubt it does)
"You are not the only one cursed with knowledge, Stark," Thanos says.
Which means something happened in the past, or in Days of Future Past
My, aren't I dreadfully clever?
That in itself is a potential pointer to a closed time-loop that Thanos might be aware of, but has no ability to change, which would make him almost Doctor Manhattan-like (and again, Marvel would have beaten DC in that portrayal)
But that is just peanuts.
What is more important is how Thanos looks.
Now, let us take a look at how they introduced Thanos last year to the general public, it wasn't that long ago, and you may say, well, they had enough time to do the CGI a lot better (they did) to make Thanos look a lot more like Josh Brolin (they did), but notice one thing here?
That's right. The way they introduced Thanos just last year is pretty much in line with the comic book look of the character. Now we jump a few months, and the toy reveal is pretty much that of the Josh Brolin version, so it is fair to assume that the CGI evolved, right?
But now look at the face. Do you see it? Or rather, don't you see it? See what is missing here?
There are no scars.
The final image here is the one released right before they released the movie.
Do you see them? They are on both cheeks of Thanos.
Three scars. Now, if you are even a casual Marvel reader/viewer, you know there is only one character in the entirety of the Marvel Universe(s) who leaves these rather distinct marks, and only one character with a "weapon" good enough to cut through Thanos' skin like that, and now add the size comparison in the movie between humans and Thanos, and you know who did this
Yes, Wolverine fought Thanos.
But what the fuck, when? How?
We get to that in a moment.
But there is more. If you watch #Avengers #InfinityWar more than once (I did three times now, ka-ching, Marvel, it's okay, you've earned it), you will also notice that Thanos does not have the scars in every shot, in fact, the scars are only visible in the close-up shots that are "emotional", and that leads some validity to the theory they were added very late in the game, roughly in... January or February, at the tail end of post-production.
Now, of course this ties into what?
Of course, into the whole Disney-Fox merger. At which point all the speculation of "what are they going to do with the X-Men and stuff" began, complete with Hugh Jackman's coy "it would be great if Wolverine was in the Avengers, but of course not me, I'm done" line he fed to the media.
THE NEW, OLD, KINDA NEW X-MEN?
Now, obviously this is all speculation, but guess what just happened a month ago with #XMen #DarkPhoenix?
All over sudden, they are missing a third act, according to the Hollywood Reporter
Funny how that goes.
Now, of course, it has to be said that major reshoots in Hollywood are nothing new these days, some of them are pick-up shots, some of them are little character building shots, some of them, like in #JusticeLeague are "oh my fucking god, what are we doing" complete re-writes (incidentally, the movie was bad, sorry, I love DC, but it was painfully bad)
But if you consider the time line, the fact that Simon Kinberg as the writer/director of the movie "still has yet to pen anything" at the end of March 2018, that the reshoots will take place in summer/fall, but that the movie itself will still come out prior to #CaptainMarvel and #Avengers4 in February 2019, now essentially taking the place of #BlackPanther in an (imaginary) release schedule also points to something major happening, the way that major things can only happen in a comic book crossover setting (and remember how quickly they added Spiderman to the Marvel Universe once that deal was through)
If you think about it, the fact that the #DarkPhoenix movie is set both in the 1990s as well as - from the sounds of it - partially in space (where it belongs, as all Marvel geekboys know), this provides an almost perfect opportunity to merge them at the end of the movie with Captain Marvel and/or the Avengers
And considering that Thanos has the Reality Stone... well, it's never been easier to come up with a built-in storyline possibility to do the big business merger with Fox, but then also to take the properties and the actors, possibly even Hugh Jackman, and integrate them into a new time line for the Marvel Cinematic Universe
IT IS A UNIVERSE, JIM, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT
This is speculation, of course. But as I stated at the very beginning, Marvel and (I would assume) Kevin Feige are expert trolls, who go to any lengths to protect a plot twist or plot point, which in today's social media is a skill that is incredibly difficult to do, and that also costs money. A lot of money. And that also requires you to keep everybody quiet.
And that is on a level that is virtually impossible to do.
Somebody usually always talks.
But with the power Disney/Marvel has, and the track record of - honestly - the only studio that has been able to keep secrets in its franchises, I will lean out of the window now and say
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN WILL APPEAR IN THE NEW 2019 MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
Next year, you can either laugh at me, or bow down to me.
And if you are Disney/Marvel, and I am correct?